Arsenal F.C. Thread [2011/12]

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A thread for the 2011/12 season


Year Founded - 1886

Ground - Emirates Stadium [Capacity: 60,361 | Dimensions - Length: 105 m, Width: 68 m]

Opened - 22 July, 2006



TEAM SHIRTS









HONOURS

Domestic


English Premier League (First Divison until 1992) [13] - 1930/31, 1932/33, 1933/34, 1934/35, 1937/38, 1947/48, 1952/53, 1970/71, 1988/89, 1990/91, 1997/98, 2001/02, 2003/04

FA Cup [10] - 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005

League Cup [2] - 1987,1993

Community Shield [12] - 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1991 (shared), 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004


European


UEFA Cup Winners' Cup - 1994

UEFA Europa League (as Inter-Cities Fairs Cup) - 1970


PERSONNEL

THE BOARD

Chairman - Peter Hill-Wood
Chief Executive - Ivan Gazidis

COACHING STAFF

Manager - Arsène Wenger
Assist. Manager - Pat Rice
1st Team Coach - Boro Primorac
Reserve Team Coach - Neil Banfield
Youth Team Coach - Steve Bould

CURRENT ROSTER

Goalkeepers

1. Manuel Almunia
13. Wojciech Szczesny
21. Lukasz Fabianski
24. Vito Mannone

Defenders

3. Bacary Sagna
4. Per Mertesacker
5. Thomas Vermaelen [VC]
6. Laurent Koscielny
11. André Santos
18. Sébastien Squillaci
20. Johan Djourou
25. Carl Jenkinson
28. Kieran Gibbs


Midfielders

2. Abou Diaby
7. Tomáš Rosický
16. Aaron Ramsey
17. Alexandre Song
19. Carlos Wilshere
26. Emmanuel Frimpong
40. Craig Eastmond
-. Yossi Benayoun
-. Mikel Arteta


Fowards

9. Park Ju Young
10. Robin van Persie [C]
12. Thierry Henry
14. Theo Walcott
15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
23. Andrei Arshavin
27. Gervinho
29. Marouane Chamakh
31. Ryo Miyachi


SEASON TRANSFERS


IN

Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic

Gervinho from Lille OSC

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton FC

Park Ju-Young from AS Monaco

André Santos from Fenerbahçe S.K.

Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen

Yossi Benayoun from Chelsea FC (loan)

Mikel Arteta from Everton

Theirry 'Va Va Voom' Henry from New York Red Bulls (loan) Titi!:bouncy:


OUT

Gaël Clichy to Manchester City

Denílson to São Paulo FC (loan)

Cesc Fàbregas :( to FC Barcelona

Emmanuel Eboué to Galatasaray SK

Carlos Vela to Real Sociedad (loan)

Samir Nasri to Manchester City

Armand Traoré to QPR

Henri Lansbury to West Ham United (loan)

Nicklas Bendtner to Sunderland (loan)
 
According to Philippe Auclair, Samir Nasri will not sign a new contract nor accept a transfer in order for him to leave on a Bosman next summer. That means we either need to stump up a major offer or buy a replacement quickly (most likely candidate is Gervinho, although Honda has spoken of his willingness to move this summer).


Filipower;3053742 said:
Silverware this time, perhaps, if it's not too much to ask for?

I think so, especially now that Villas-Boas is going to dick all over us like Mou did. :(
 

Pogba4Now

Team Captain
Filipower;3053742 said:
Silverware this time, perhaps, if it's not too much to ask for?

Emirates Cup (H)

You guys improved quite a lot this year. League Cup/FA Cup IMO is very realistic. You will surely be title contenders as well as usual.

Ilaje;3053744 said:
I think so, especially now that Villas-Boas is going to dick all over us like Mou did. :(

The hype around him is ridiculous. He had only 1 successful year (very successful though) and he has 0 experience in English football. He has 0 experience in UCL as well. I wouldn't be surprised if he flops. He reminds me of Mourinho, but he is extremely inexperienced. Mourinho was much more experienced.
 

ShiftyPowers

Make America Great Again
AVB is clearly a good coach, but I don't think it takes a massive genius to say "let's attack" when you have the best club (by far after Benfica were raided) in the country.
 

Xifio

The Von Trapps
ShiftyPowers;3053889 said:
AVB is clearly a good coach, but I don't think it takes a massive genius to say "let's attack" when you have the best club (by far after Benfica were raided) in the country.
the point is that he managed it in Europe too ... granted it was in the 2nd tier, but still, the attacking mentality, and unbeaten streak, weren't just local ...
 

Coruja

Senior Squad
Nady;3053788 said:
Emirates Cup (H)

You guys improved quite a lot this year. League Cup/FA Cup IMO is very realistic. You will surely be title contenders as well as usual.



The hype around him is ridiculous. He had only 1 successful year (very successful though) and he has 0 experience in English football. He has 0 experience in UCL as well. I wouldn't be surprised if he flops. He reminds me of Mourinho, but he is extremely inexperienced. Mourinho was much more experienced.


I dont know if you guys remember but, Villas-Boas was with Mourinho at Chelsea... He was the one who studied the teams and players to give a report to Mou, so English Football is very familiar to him.
 

pede54

Team Captain
He's been taught by the very best there is. Bobby Robson gave him his first job with porto when he was barely 16 years old. He's the youngest ever coach to have taken his coaching badges. By 17 he was qualified.

He was coach of the National team of the British Virgin Islands when he was 21. Then he hooked up with Jose and furthered his education alongside the special one until Jose left Italy.

One season with Academica, where he saved them from the drop, and one legendary season at Porto where he won the quad, which included the Europa League trophy, making him the youngest coach ever to win European silverware.

This guy has never played the game. That's never been his thing. He has been nurtured since his teens by Robson, Jose and others, with the intention of creating a future great in the world of football.

That was the plan and he seems to be doing OK so far it seems.

If he felt that the time was not right to move to Chelsea, I believe that he would not have come here. He's pretty smart and knows that time is on his side too.

We could be witnessing a Legend in the making here. At least that's what I'm thinking as an optimistic Chelsea boy. (Y)
 

Filipower

Bunburyist
He never played the game 'cause he was shyte :Devil: He was a sub goalkeeper in the junior squad at Ramaldense which is like 5min from my house. (Y)

He attended the poshest school in Porto until the time where he decided to talk to his neighbour Bobby Robson, to give you the idea of what kind of building he lived in! So yeah, as a kid who was born in almost the same exact place, I say **** that lucky bastard. (H)
 

Pogba4Now

Team Captain
Coruja;3054162 said:
I dont know if you guys remember but, Villas-Boas was with Mourinho at Chelsea... He was the one who studied the teams and players to give a report to Mou, so English Football is very familiar to him.

Really? Was he at Chelsea? I know he was with Mourinho at Porto but not Chelsea. This changes everything then.

Hope he doesn't become "the next" Mourinho :(
 

Filipower

Bunburyist
Are Porto, the Portuguese Ligue and the Europa League that insignificant? How come there's someone who follows football and doesn't know who Villas-Boas is?
 

Xifio

The Von Trapps
Filipower;3054411 said:
Are Porto, the Portuguese Ligue and the Europa League that insignificant? How come there's someone who follows football and doesn't know who Villas-Boas is?
he's a Man U fan, and they don't like to venture off Planet Man U too often :innocent_smile_1:
 

Pogba4Now

Team Captain
Filipower;3054411 said:
Are Porto, the Portuguese Ligue and the Europa League that insignificant? How come there's someone who follows football and doesn't know who Villas-Boas is?

I know him obviously, but was never bothered to check what teams he's coached in his career.

Xifio;3054417 said:
he's a Man U fan, and they don't like to venture off Planet Man U too often :innocent_smile_1:

Then why am I posting in the "Arsenal thread"?

Anyway, not everyone has the time to sit and look for football facts and statistics in all leagues in the world and memorize them like you. :innocent_smile_1:
 

Zakov

Senior Squad
Nady;3054422 said:
Anyway, not everyone has the time to sit and look for football facts and statistics in all leagues in the world and memorize them like you. :innocent_smile_1:

Believe me, it doesn't take that much to realize what he achieved with Porto last season.
 

Xifio

The Von Trapps
Nady;3054422 said:
Then why am I posting in the "Arsenal thread"?
I did say "too often", not "never" (Y)

Nady;3054422 said:
Anyway, not everyone has the time to sit and look for football facts and statistics in all leagues in the world and memorize them like you. :innocent_smile_1:
just stop sleeping ... that's what I have to do to not compromise on school, research/work, gym, or fun and diversion ...
 
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